Industry-Specific Educational Resources


TRAILS: Tools for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills is a FREE knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. It was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. 

K-12 Chart Maker - Using this tool created by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics (BLS), you can make your own chart in a few steps. Try it with your own data (perhaps you can plot how many hours you spent watching TV every day this week), or try charting something found on the BLS website.


HPLIFE: Sponsored by the Hewlett Packard Foundation, these free online training courses are designed to help entrepreneurs learn what they need to know to establish and grow a business. Users learn at their own pace in their own time. Courses include Basics of Finance, Profit and Loss, Your Target Audience, and more.


Click here to review sample budgets, explore "wants" vs. "needs", and make smarter financial decisions now and in the future.

Promising Practices, a webinar by the MA State Treasurer's Office of Economic Empowerment spotlighting schools with innovative approaches to bringing financial education fairs into the curriculum.

Teaching Money Skiklls at Every State of Your Child's Life - Although this article is written for parents, some of the guidance may be applicable to the education setting as well.


Google Applied Digital Skills Curriculum - Teach and learn practical digital skills using a free project-based video curriculum.

Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in ten main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Information Literacy.


See the 'DIGITAL LITERACY' section above to get started.

Microsoft Virtual Academy provides free online training by world-class experts to help you build your technical skills and advance your career. Make it your destination of choice to get started on the latest Microsoft technologies and join this vibrant community.

Cyber Aces, Cyber Security Basics provides an overveiw of operating systems, networking, and systems admiinistration.


Family Childcare Assistant Orientation: This online course provides information necessary for employment in a family/home childcare setting.

Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings, Core Competencies: This course is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to assess their own level in terms of the eight core competencies, across the infant-toddler, preschool and out-of-school age range.

Early Learning for Infant and Toddler Guidelines: This course will provide opportunity to use the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines to support your work with infants and toddlers. 

Preschool Learning Guidelines and Standards: This course is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach each content area according to the preschool learning guidelines, or state standards.

These are just a few of the basic trainings available through the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care.

(Also see 'Manufacturing')

Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Mass

The Healthcare Virtual Career Network initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the leadership of the American Association of Community Colleges.  They offer basic workforce refresher courses, Healthcare Information Technology courses, Health Science and Terminology courses, and links to multiple other resources for online learning.

Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse: Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Clearinghouse develops and distributes health promotion materials on a wide variety of topics including physical and environmental health, as well as workplace safety and laws.  Educators can create an account and order multiple copies of free booklets, posters, etc.



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